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Argued December 14, 2001

A jury convicted appellant Warren E. Mills on the charge of escape, in violation of D.C. Code � 22-2601 (a)(2) (1996). *fn1 He filed a timely appeal, contending that the trial court erred by denying: (1) his pretrial request for appointment of new counsel, without conducting the proper Monroe-Farrell inquiry; *fn2 and (2) his request during the jury panel voir dire to delete part of a question relating to potential jurors’ experience with persons accused of crime, or witnesses to or victims of crime, and to ask an unqualified question about such experience again during a second phase of the voir dire process. Detecting error regarding the Monroe-Farrell issue, we remand the case for appropriate findings. Should the trial court decide that a new trial is not required, however, we conclude that there was no reversible error relating to the jury voir dire because the trial judge was not constitutionally required to grant defense counsel’s request that she again ask the challenged question, but in an altered form.


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